There’s still time to vote in our poll:
I have a feeling the Bears are going to get a surprisingly good performance from someone we wouldn’t expect. Who ya got?
— Bleacher Nation Bears (@BN_Bears) September 28, 2018
- Shout-out to you good folks with some of the more creative suggestions that fall into the “other” category. It’s quite possible that someone like Javon Wims, Bilal Nichols, and even Pat O’Donnell (he threw a touchdown pass in the NFL before Mitch Trubisky did!) comes out of nowhere to do big things for the Bears on Sunday. And we’d be totally here for it.
- Several of you dropped a vote in for Mitch Trubisky, who could put up a quality showing and it would still count as a surprise. Trubisky is averaging 197 passing yards and less than a touchdown per game. He is on a 16-game pace of 3,152 passing yards, 11 touchdowns, and 16 interceptions. It would be a disappointing season on multiple levels if that’s the type of production he put up in his first full year as a starter. But because there are still 13 games for Trubisky to write the story of his season, there is no good reason to give up on him now.
- Sunday would represent a good time for Trubisky to have a breakout performance. Opposing quarterbacks are averaging a 362.7 passing yards per game and a 117.1 passer rating. And while two of the three games had Tampa’s defense facing Drew Brees and Ben Roethlisberger, Nick Foles put up 334 yards and a touchdown against the Bucs in Week 2. With that in mind, it’s not entirely out of the question that Trubisky can have himself a game.
- For the record: Trubisky hasn’t put up a 300-yard passing game since Week 15 of the 2015 season against the Lions. Trubisky moved the ball against Detroit that game, but also had some costly turnovers that thwarted drives. Limiting turnovers is of the utmost importance for the Bears offense, if only to keep the defense as well-rested as possible.
- Someone on the Bucs thinks highly of Trubisky:
Bucs rookie corner M.J. Stewart on facing Bears’ Mitch Trubisky, a teammate at @TarHeelFootball for three years: “He has a strong arm, very smart and more athletic than you give him credit for. I’m excited.”
— Greg Auman (@gregauman) September 28, 2018
- A reminder that we should be rooting extra hard for Trey Burton to put up huge numbers on a week-in, week-out basis:
— NFL (@NFL) September 28, 2018
- Trubisky will be without one of his favorite targets as a shoulder injury will keep rookie receiver Anthony Miller out of the lineup. In his place, Josh Bellamy will get the first crack at taking over the slot position. Bellamy is one of the more polarizing Bears pass-catchers because of some notable drops in recent years, but the guy has a knack for creating separation and finding openings in the defense. He also has a knowledge of the offense that I didn’t realize. “He knows this offense just from being together in 2013. He’s a smart kid that understands it, can play all three positions,” Head Coach Matt Nagy said, via Stacey Dales of the NFL Network. Bellamy spent the summer of 2013 in Chiefs camp, but was ultimately released on August 31, 2013. But still … he must have made a strong impression on Nagy in such a brief time.
- Maybe that Bellamy breakout isn’t as far-fetched as we once thought. After all, we’ve seen Bellamy and Trubisky connect in a big way before, and would love to see it again.
- Keep up the good work, gents:
From the Bears game release… pic.twitter.com/mHc0NRNu1j
— Mark Grote (@markgrotesports) September 28, 2018
- I hope your fantasy team isn’t banking on a Bucs running back breaking the bank:
The Buccaneers have scored the fewest RB points of any team. The Bears have allowed the fewest RB points of any team. pic.twitter.com/TE7bTQNduy
— PFF Fantasy Football (@PFF_Fantasy) September 28, 2018
#GoBears Film: starting to see the speed that got Roquan Smith drafted in Round 1.
— Andy Benoit (@Andy_Benoit) September 28, 2018
- Rookie defensive tackle Vita Vea could make his long-awaited NFL debut on Sunday. Vea practiced as a limited participant this week and was listed as questionable for Sunday, but Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports Buccaneers Head Coach Dirk Koetter said Vea has a chance to play against the Bears. Vea was the Bucs first-round pick and someone who was believed to be in the mix for the Bears at No. 8 at some point during the pre-draft process.
- The Bears don’t have a pick in the first two rounds in 2019, but it’s a college football Saturday and I’m still going to monitor things like Matt Miller’s Scouting Notebook.